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Learn To Ride


  •  Learn to ride on a genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.
  • Get in-class and on-range instruction from CMSP Certified Instructors.
  • Learn to safely accelerate, shift, brake, and turn, along with maneuvers like controlling skids and surmounting obstacles.
  • Earn a DMV Completion Card, which may exempt you from the riding portion of your license exam and score you a discount on motorcycle               insurance.


     Learning to ride a motorcycle properly on the public road is a complex thing. Small detailed changes to how you think, how you operate the bike and even where you put yourself on the road can make huge differences to the enjoyment of your riding, as well as your safety.

     The Harley Davidson Beginner Riding Course is designed for the novice rider with no (or limited) street-riding experience. This course includes five hours of classroom and ten hours of on-cycle instruction. You will learn fundamental skills required to operate the motorcycle and progress to street riding skills and strategies. Though designed for new riders, even experienced riders that have never taken a motorcycle course will benefit from this course.

Under the age of 21: $295 

21 and over: $325


Or call Riding Academy (530)893-1918


     The Harley Davidson Intermediate Riding Course is the perfect next step for newer riders who are looking to improve their skills on their own bike as well as riders that have recently gotten back into riding after years off. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction.

     The IRC® is based on the most current research in rider safety, utilizes modern training methods and has been proven to enhance student outcomes. Come experience what all the buzz is about by signing up for a Harley Davidson IRC today!

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Sierra Steel Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Policies & Riding Academy New Rider Course Site Policies

This course operates under the provisions of the California Motorcycle Safety Program (CMSP) and overseen by the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

There are no guarantees that anyone will pass this course. This course is very demanding both physically and mentally. Coordination, balance, motor skill ability, age, language limitations and other physical abilities may limit an individual’s ability to ride and pass this class. Established performance standards must be met for graduation. You must be able to control the clutch, throttle and direction of the motorcycle.

Class Expectations

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. We have a ZERO tolerance policy for alcohol and other drugs. Students who fail to respond to coaching or intentionally interfere with other students’ learning may be asked to leave. Our goal is to create a safe, positive learning environment.

What if I’m not able to pass the class?
Sometimes students are unable to pass the class on the first try. If you do not pass the skills evaluation or the writing evaluation, you may schedule a retest. Please call us for details. If you fail both evaluations, you must re-enroll and take the entire course from the start at the full tuition rate.

Refund / Reschedule Policy:

There will be NO refunds if you do not pass the class, do not show up to the first class for any reason, or are dropped for not following all of the requirements:
 1. Fees are not refundable for ANY reason once the course begins.
 2. If you are late to any portion of the class for any reason, you forfeit the entire course fee.
 3. Refunds and/or rescheduling must be requested at least 7 days prior to your class, any refunds requested after 7 day policy will not be granted.

No show to any session…………………………………… Pay full amount again
Self-drop from class………………………………………….Pay full amount again
Counseled out of class Retake Fee…………………….$100 (non refundable, non transferable)
Repeat of any class or range session……………….$100 (non refundable, non transferable)

Failed Skills or Written test only…………………………………. No charge (test only)

Counseled out of class rescheduling must be done within 60 days of original class to receive discounted price. After 60 days, the full amount will be charged to take the class again.

Failing either the written or skills test more than 2 times requires you to repeat the entire class at the full amount.

A paid in full registration allows a student to take the class one (1) time. In addition, one (1) re-test of each test is allowed for failing students. No refund or partial refund will be given to failing students.

Student Status Classifications:

1. Passing Student is defined as one who completes each class session in order and receives an 80% or higher on the Knowledge test and 20 points or lower on the Skills Test.

2. No Shows are defined as a student who fails to show up to any of the class or range sessions, and does not give a 7-day notice. If a student fails to show up to any of the sessions and does not give 7 day notice, they forfeit their place in the class and registration fees.

3. Self-drop is defined as a student who participates in part of the course, but voluntarily withdraws before completion. No refund or partial refund will be given to self-drop students.

4. Counseled Out Students are defined for the following reasons:

A. Unsafe – Unsafe is defined as a student deemed unsafe to continue in training. This determination will be made at the sole discretion of the Instructor. A counseled-out student may return but must repeat the entire class from the beginning and in order regardless of what point in the class the student is dismissed.
 B. Late arrival – Late arrival is defined as a student who is not present at the assigned start time of the class. Students are required to arrive to riding sessions 10 minutes before the start of each session. Sessions will start promptly at the assigned time. Any student who is not present at the assigned start time will be considered counseled out and a stand-by student may be given their
 space in the class.
 C. Unprepared – Unprepared is defined as a student who arrives without proper safety gear. Students must have all of their proper riding gear (long sleeve shirt, sturdy long pants, sturdy over the ankle footwear, and either street specific motorcycle gloves or 100% leather gloves). Students who arrive without proper safety gear will not be able to participate and will be counseled out.
D. Notified no show – Notified no show is defined as a student who fails to appear for an assigned class session but notifies the office less than 7 days in advance. These students will be classified as a counseled-out student.

Re-test Policy. 

Re-tests only must be completed within 60 days of the originally failed class. Skills & Knowledge re-tests are scheduled through the Sierra Steel Harley-Davidson Riding Academy and given on weekdays & weekends for free if they are taken with a subsequent class during that classes testing time.


 Each student must have a valid government issued photo ID.  For a student that is 15 1/2 and does not have a drivers license, a high school ID that has a photo is acceptable. Identification can be from California, another state, or another country. Credit card for payment.

Attendance is highly required to pass our courses, if you arrive late to your scheduled class, you will no longer be able to continue with that class and will need to contact the Riding Academy Manager, to further discuss your options for rescheduling which may include extra fees. 

  • A DOT-approved helmet, ¾ or full face (No half helmets) Personal helmets are subject to inspection for DOT-compliance and to make sure that they are in good working condition. (If you do not have a personal helmet, the instructors will provide you with one, along with the proper riding gloves) 
  •  Either full-fingered street specific motorcycle gloves, or 100% leather gloves  
  • Eye protection including shields, sunglasses, goggles, or glasses  
  • Long-sleeve shirt or jacket  
  • Long pants, jeans, or leather with no tears or holes 
  • Over the ankle boots with little or no heel. Thin fabric shoes made of canvas or other fabrics that do not provide support are not acceptable. The classic Converse All Star “Chuck Taylor” or dress shoe are examples of shoes that DO NOT meet the requirements.

Harley Davidson Beginner Rider's Course, does not give a student their M1 License, instead it takes over the driving test at their local DMV. The purpose of this course is to educate novice riders and/or experienced riders on how to properly ride safely and stay prepared for the challenges and fun yet to come from California's roadways. Once a student successfully completes our course they will be given a completion packet, with DL-389 form. The student can then go to their local DMV, give them the DL-389, and from there they will then be required to pass the DMV's written exam in order to be granted their M1 License. 

If you have any questions or concerns you can reach our RAM through: 

Office Hours: Tuesday- Saturday from 9am to 4pm

Via phone: (530) 893-1918

Via Email:

4365 Rawleigh Ct, Chico, CA 95973